Today, Michal Dayagi-Mendels, the Tamar and Teddy Kollek Chief Curator of Archaeology at the Israel Museum, and her assistant Dr. Eran Arie (who just had his PhD OKed at TAU – congratulations!) visited the lab at BIU to look at the stone altar and other finds from Tell es-Safi/Gath which may be taken to the Israel Museum to be put on display. We showed the altar and various other finds, including some of the cultic objects, the new inscription from Area D and various other things.
Hopefully, the altar and a few other things will join the other finds from Tell es-Safi/Gath that are already on display in the museum.
This is important, since we would not want the Safi finds in the museum to get lonely… :-)
While they visited us, we discussed the new archaeology exhibition at the Israel Museum, as compared to the one that was there before the major renovation. Interestingly they informed us that as opposed to the old format which very few people visited, the new format, which is much more “minimal” (small amounts of finds, but with a clear exhibition narrative which can be followed by lay people (and not only by experts) – has now become the most visited wing of the museum!